COVID-19 & The Supply Chain

When the clock struck twelve back on January first of 2020, America was looking forward to a year of opportunity, improvement, and success. Little did we know a microscopic virus three months later would change the course of not only our country, but the entire world.

The Power of the Pandemic

Supply and demand must reach a point of equilibrium in their relationship in order to be beneficial to the economy. The recent pandemic shifted this equilibrium in the furniture supply chain, causing demand to skyrocket and supply to plummet.

When COVID-19 shut down the United States, the furniture industry was blindsided. Manufacturers responded by preparing themselves for a recession by cancelling supply orders. However, with everyone stuck at home, consumers began to invest in their homes using extra money from cancelled vacations and stimulus checks. Since they’d originally anticipated no demand, manufacturers were slow to respond due to depleted warehouses and lack of raw material. Foam is a frequently used material in the furniture industry.  As the demand for furniture rose, as did the demand for foam. The prices furniture manufacturers and other companies were willing to pay increased dramatically. A majority of foam’s raw materials are sourced from foam suppliers in Texas and Louisiana. Unusual freezing temperatures during the winter led to foam manufactures not being able to produce foam in normal quantities. Combined with the COVID-19 shutdown, the freeze left the foam industry with a huge demand, but no supply at the ready. Partners in Vietnam and China had already shut down prior to the U.S. back in February of 2020, causing supply chain issues.In addition, new COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and a loss of workers cut productivity. Shipping suffered through COVID with an increase in container prices and not enough truck drivers for both raw goods and product.


So What Now?

Right now, eager buyers are facing long delays for their purchases. Turnaround times have increased greatly since last March. For example, pre-COVID, one of our manufacturer’s turnaround times was about three weeks. Currently, it is at thirty weeks. As of now, these are the current turnaround times for our different manufacturers:

  • Albany: 40 weeks
  • Ashley: 16 weeks
  • Best Craft: 40 weeks
  • Best Home Furnishings: 35 weeks
  • Coaster: 24 weeks
  • Door County Furniture: 18 weeks
  • Flexsteel: 30 weeks
  • International Furniture Direct: 20 weeks
  • Jofran: 20 weeks
  • LaZBoy: 40 weeks (recliners), Close to 1 Year (sectionals, stationary, and lift furniture).
  • Leather Italia: 30+ weeks
  • Leick: 20 weeks
  • Perdue: 30 weeks
  • Perfect Choice: 20 weeks
  • Sealy/Stearns & Foster: 4-6 weeks
  • Southern Motion: 38-40 hours
  • Sunny Designs: 40 weeks
  • Surya: 6-8 weeks
  • Tennessee Enterprises: 20 weeks
  • TempurPedic: 2-4 weeks
  • Ultra Comfort: 12
  • Wolfcraft: 20 weeks

 As COVID-19 rules and regulations are slowly but surely
disappearing, expect prices to continue to rise. While uncertainty in the industry makes all plans subject to adjustment and reevaluation, Plymouth Furniture promises to continue doing our best for our customers.

SoCozi by Southern Motion

What sets Southern Motions SoCozi furniture apart from the rest? 

It all starts with the engineering, Southern Motion designs their own products, create prototypes to get customer response, and is detail orientated in every part of the manufacturing process.

Southern Motion is always ahead of the curve with technology. Southern Motion has developed EXP™ technology with the help of Cozzia, a leader in massage technology.

SoCozi was born, provides the comfort and benefits of a professional massage chair in a style that fits your life. Offers deep tissue air massage, deep tissue heat massage, and lumbar support, without having to give up anything of a normal recliner.

What SoCozi has to offer…

  • Power Reclining
  • Power Headrest
  • Lumbar Support
  • Deep Tissue Air Massage
  • Deep Tissue Heat Massage

 

 

Leather Furniture Gallery in Sheboygan County.

 

Leather is one of the best materials used to upholster furniture. It is extremely durable and is able to come in lots of colors. In general many manufacturers of motion or reclining furniture use top grain leather everywhere you could touch the furniture when you are sitting in it. On the back and sides they often use what is called vinyl match. That is vinyl that is colored to match the color of the leather. This helps save money and does not compromise the feel. The only downside can be that over time the leather and vinyl may not fade at the same speed.

Above photo is a high leg recliner by Southern Motion, made in the USA, available in hundreds of fabrics and leathers.

 

Plymouth Furniture has one of the largest leather furniture galleries in Sheboygan County, WI. There are a great selection of colors. Some of the manufacturers that upholster with leather are Flexsteel, Southern Motion, Best Home Furnishings, and Ashley Furniture.

 

If you are looking for leather furniture in the Sheboygan, WI area go to Plymouth Furniture’s website and type “Leather” in the search field.